Washington Beyond the Headlines: California Is Running Out of Gas
By Andy Blom, TES Washington Editor
It’s Debate Season, and most Americans could be forgiven for wanting to gorge themselves on grubs and berries, then dig a nice burrow in the woods and stay there for a few months. Meanwhile, don’t look now but one of the most egregious regulatory overreaches in American history is going down at the state level in the Bear Flag Republic. Even by Californian standards, it’s a doozy! Read on for this, and moderately more cheerful news, in the endless battle waged by free market thinkers against overregulation and the constantly aggrandizing administrative state…
California is Running Out of Gas. Ordinarily, we respect bold, forceful moves. But hold on a minute, Governor Newsom. Your state is burning to the ground, you have rolling blackouts ( a kind of warning of insufficient electricity), and now you’ve moved to ban gasoline powered cars. Meanwhile low and middle class families are fleeing the state and businesses are looking for saner tax locations. Nate Hochman of The Acton Institute takes an in depth look at Newsom’s grand plan in an attempt to bring common sense to environmentalism.
Government Run Healthcare – A Warning Voice from Up North. Remember good old U.S. healthcare before the Government got involved and premiums skyrocketed? Well, if you think the fix is more government, maybe you should watch this conversation from Canada. Yes, it is a little anecdotal, but there are real issues here that should not be ignored. After all, unlike Canadians, we won’t be able to run across our southern border for an alternative.
Fascinating Economics. Really. If you thought economics was a boring exercise for beancounters, listen up! Steven Horwitz, winner of the 2020 Julian L. Simon Memorial Award, writes a riveting, compelling (am I getting my opinion across here?) essay for The Competitive Enterprise Institute on economics, washing machines, liberal institutions and moral progress. Who knew that it was the washing machine that freed women to run the world? Could be the best reading of the week.
Trigger Warning — Partisan Column Ahead. Don’t read this if it’s going to make you crazy, but there is interesting factual information in it. We have all heard a great deal of talk about media bias. Peter Roff, a Newsweek Contributing Editor, brings home some specific examples of Democrat politicians showing gosh awful hypocrisy when it comes to their personal fortunes and their public positions. We should be able to count on some shred of integrity in our elected officials, regardless of party. And in the media, too, come to think of it.
Organizations Can Be Hypocritical, Too. It’s not just politicians who say one thing and do another. AARP, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, is one of the most powerful lobbying groups in the country. They put that lobbying power to use by pushing hard for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare for those of you whose premiums and copays haven’t gone up. Yet.) Their membership opposed the ACA by 14 to 1. 14 to 1! But it really suited their insurance company partner – United – and poured $600 million in United kickbacks into AARP coffers in 2017 alone. Peter Roff, once again rooting out corruption, has the story.
Founded on Religious Liberty, Are We Now Foundering on Religious Liberty? Remember the Pilgrims? Left England for religious freedom? Catholics were given the colony of Maryland for the same reason. It’s written into our Constitutions, right up front. So now comes Amy Barrett, a nice practicing Catholic woman appointed the United States’ Supreme Court and suddenly her faith is questioned. It might not be possible to find anything less American. Listen to the words of John F. Kennedy, and consider the awful implications for your own religious practices. If you want to learn more about the nominee watch here, or read about it here.
Andresen Blom is a Washington based policy and political analyst and author who has been published in The Wall Street Journal, The Hill, and Politico.